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A good book for reference is " History of Japanese Electric Guitars" by Frank Meyers (we actually sell this book, but I am not certain if it is appropriate to post links into this forum) *Guyatone-made guitars may have also been sold under the following names, though not all guitars under the following label have been made by Guyatone: Confirmed: Broadway, Conrad, Conqueror, Delta, Empire, Feather, Futurama, Ibanez, Kent, Kingston, Hy-Lo, Lancer, Lake, Lafayette, Marco Polo, Musician, Nobco, Noble, Orpheus, Orpheum, Raven, Regent, Roamer, Royal Artist, Saturn, Silvertone, Star, Starlite, Univox, Vox *NOTE: Musician & Julian were model names used on some of their respective models, but are often mistaken for a brand name.
I notice Alverez and more notably Yairi are not included. Yairi are marketed under a few names in the US: Yairi & Sons, Kohno, Shelly, and Wilson are some of the names.
Happened to see this post in my email this morning. Many of the brand names on guitars were distributor names, and they used multiple manufacturers.
*This example has no letter at the beginning, which was the way Fuji Gen made their models.
If a 9-digit number, the last three digits would be the nth instrument made that day, ,
As there are regularly questions on Japan made guitars I gathered what I found on the brands/manufacturers.
It's far from being complete, but a base to start with.
Please add whatever is missing The listing includes brands from 1950 - 1980 Hello, Nate from Guyatone here.